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How we see things is a matter of perspective, and we are each limited by the experiences our lives have brought us. We simply cannot be truly objective.

But our Maker sees it all, knows every experience, and sees us - each one - with absolute clarity.

The result is love and acceptance. Open yourself now to be seen clearly, and to be loved.

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Listen

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:7-10

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Think

God was at work through Jesus, not because he sought to rule others, but because he sought to serve God.

There are times when we may get tired of serving others, and even feel like we are being used. We could even call it suffering love. But in the times when we find ourselves in positions of weakness, we are really being strengthened by the Spirit, accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.

Our own hurt can give us God’s power to heal. There are also times when it feels like we just don’t have what it takes and we feel imperfect and unprepared to do the things God asks of us. In those times, we remember that it is not our own strength and abilities, but God working through us.

Our place in the sight of God is as ordinary people doing extraordinary things because of the power and presence of God at work in us.

Jeff Light

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Pray

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Go

There is a place for you,
A place where you are always safe.
It is found wherever you are,
Always within sight of the God
Who loves you,
Cares for you,
Seeks the very best for you,
And watches you

All the way home.

Jeff Light

Jeff Light is a Presbyterian minister from the Kansas City area. He is also a training manager for a non-profit organization. Jeff has a daughter in college, a son in high school, and two dogs.

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